Whether its behind the scenes or on stage, its not uncommon for performers (mostly, but not limited to, electronic or sample-based music) to have a laptop, possibly running a software like Ableton Live and triggering one-shots and loops. This video of Pet Shop Boy’s no. 1 hit and remake of Elvis Presley’s Always on My Mind, shows us that there was a time that performers integrated PC’s into their rig but laptops weren’t as accessible or powerful as they are today and desktop computers with hunkering CRT monitors had to be used instead.
An interesting look at recording techniques and creating effects in the studio before the age of computers and digital audio workstations.
For whatever reason this animated GIF exists. I wonder what type of doughnut Thurston was eating…
[Via: a whole boat-load of tumblr pages]
Twin Shadow – Five Seconds
Neneh Cherry & The Thing – Dream baby dream
MadVillain – Accordian
Jon and Vangelis – The friends of mr. Cairo
This is a long one. The full version. It peaked at #1 for 5 consecutive weeks on the Quebec singles chart in late 1981.
Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
Another long one. Heard it at a bar the other night. The DJ put it on and fucked off somewhere. Revellers feigned getting behind the turntables (read: laptop).
Ben, l’oncle Soul – “Seven Nation Army”
Decent cover of the White Stripes.
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Household Goods”
Fiona Apple – “Every Single Night”
Frank Ocean – “Pyramids”
Poolside – “Slow Down”
Onra – “The Anthem”
Diplo – “Set It Off feat. Lazerdisk Party Sex”
Joey BADA$$ x Capital STEEZ – “Survival Tactics”
Danny Brown – “Grown Up”
Matthew Dear – “Her Fantasy”
The Psychedelic Furs – “Ghost In You”
Gnarls Barkley – “Who’s gonna save my soul”
The Soft Moon – “Total Decay”
Squarepusher – “Iambic 9 Poetry”
Boards of Canada – “Everything You Do is a Balloon”
The Smiths – “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”
Sufjan Stevens – “To Be Alone With You”